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Blaming moms for vaccine trends

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:30 AM
Across the country, worries about children’s vaccination rates have accelerated in light of outbreaks of measles and pertussis and the growing number of children whose parents have withheld one or more vaccines because of personal beliefs. In news reports on these trends, parents who forgo vaccines... Read more

Pertussis (whooping cough): Not just for kids

Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:30 AM
An over-60 adult I know recently got a pertussis vaccine shot at a medical checkup. The next day, driving past my local pharmacy, I saw signs advertising pertussis shots along with the notices for flu shots. Pertussis, long known as whooping cough, is a childhood ailment, isn’t it? Nope. Children... Read more

Health warnings for travelers (chikungunya, anyone?)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 6:30 AM
Returning to the United States last month I found some interesting public health information on the TV monitors at the United States Customs and Border Protection area at Philadelphia International Airport. There was a warning for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an acute viral illness found... Read more

Conquering polio: Past, present ... and future

Monday, May 5, 2014, 8:21 PM
Sixty years ago, a field test of what would become the first polio vaccine got under way in the United States, enrolling 1.8 million children in the largest clinical trial in history. Over 600,000 young volunteers received injections of the brand new Salk vaccine... Read more

The flu vaccine: A simple solution to a complicated problem

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6:00 AM
Many of us have suffered through the flu without tragic consequences. But it is important to remember that the virus can have catastrophic complications that can result in death - especially among vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, immune-compromised... Read more

The cost of war: Polio rises again in Syria

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 10:16 AM
The outbreak of polio in the Syrian Arab Republic announced by the World Health Organization a few weeks ago is a troubling reminder that global conflicts threaten the public’s health. Violence, like the 2-1/2-year-old civil war in Syria, can lead to significant disruption and/or long term damage... Read more

A murder in Pakistan threatens polio eradication

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6:30 AM
A United Nations worker was gunned down by extremists near Peshawar, Pakistan, while delivering vaccines Tuesday in the village of Kaggawala. The World Health Organization, which runs the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for the U.N., then announced that it was temporarily suspending the program... Read more

Are ‘alternative’ vaccine schedules safer?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6:30 AM
Almost 50% of children have not received all the recommended vaccines at some point before their second birthday, according to a study of 300,000 children that was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. While some cases of skipped vaccines may be due to missed opportunities or difficulty accessing... Read more

Best public health blogs

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
What interests you: Disease sleuthing? Global bioethics? Protecting the food supply? Protecting yourself when you travel? A new ranking of the top 30 public health blogs places The Public's Health at No. 14. The complete list is below. Lots of interesting stuff. And if you want to go beyond reading... Read more

From 'TB Blues' to 'Bacteria': A musical medical history playlist

Friday, December 14, 2012, 6:30 AM
Janet Golden, a Rutgers University history professor, specializes in the histories of medicine, childhood and women. Jeffrey Anderson has been researching blues lyrics relating to disease, and has written about the 1918 flu pandemic's impact on Philadelphia. By Janet Golden and Jeffrey Anderson Blues... Read more
About this blog

What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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